Early strug­gles con­tinue for OKC in Manny Bañue­los’ re­turn


Manny Bañue­los hoped for a bet­ter re­turn.

The Ok­la­homa City Dodgers’ pitcher re­turned Sat­ur­day night af­ter be­ing on the dis­abled list since June 29. He in­jured his knee his last start and he was placed on the DL for pre­cau­tion.

On Sat­ur­day night, Bañue­los al­lowed five hits and three runs in just the first in­ning.

Banue­los started to set­tle down, al­low­ing only two hits over the next cou­ple of in­nings.

In his last out­ing, Bañue­los strug­gled. He pitched 5 in­nings and al­lowed four runs on eight hits in a 5-4 loss to the Nashville Sounds. It was his first loss since May 21.

De­spite his re­cent strug­gles, Bañue­los is a Triple-A All Star for the sec­ond time in his ca­reer. He holds a 3.14 ERA, fifth best in the PCL and is fourth in strike­outs with 91.

Early game strug­gles

The Ok­la­homa City Dodgers’ bats con­tinue to strug­gle early.

The Dodgers have been down by at least three runs be­fore the start of the fourth in­ning in three straight games.

On Sat­ur­day, OKC al­lowed three runs in the first in­ning.

Through­out the year, the first in­ning has been one of the Dodgers weak spots, be­ing outscored 41-29 this sea­son.

Up next

OKC wraps up its five game home se­ries against Round Rock on Sun­day at 1:05 p.m.

Drew Hutchi­son (2-1) is the prob­a­ble pitcher for the Dodgers. Hutchi­son’s last start was his best per­for­mance since sign­ing with the team on June 16.

He pitched against the New Or­leans Baby Cakes on July 3, go­ing six in­nings while al­low­ing no runs and just two hits.

Hutchi­son also struck out four bat­ters and walked two.

For the Ex­press, left­hander David Hurl­but (3-5) will take the mound. Hurl­but pitched against OKC on April 20 when he threw four in­nings and al­lowed two runs on three hits.


Ok­la­homa City’s Manny Bañue­los al­lowed four runs and nine hits in five in­nings of Sat­ur­day’s 6-5 win over Round Rock at Chick­a­saw Brick­town Ball­park.

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